DORSET'S Police and Crime Panel will meet tomorrow to discuss raising the police precept for the county.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “This is an important meeting as I will be laying out my plans for a 1.96% increase in the policing precept for Dorset.

“It will help people understand how decisions relating to council tax are made and the role that the panel plays in setting the budget.

“Openness, transparency and accountability are key to my work and I encourage people to watch the debate online.”

The Commissioner is proposing a 1.96% precept rise for 2014/15, a rise from £183.51 to £187.11 annually, for a Band D household.

He says this will enable investment in the following priorities:

*Police Officer Recruitment - 16 new officers.

*300 body-worn videos (body cams) for officers across Dorset, to increase accountability, public confidence, lead to more convictions and capture the atmosphere in Domestic Violence cases.

*A local cyber crime awareness campaign.

*Seven rural community vehicles - to increase visibility and access to rural communities.

The public meeting will take place at 10am on Thursday at County Hall, Dorchester.

It will be broadcast live online at